UMass Lowell & the Lowell National Historical Park

Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC)

Who We Are
The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, each of which provide a portion of the funding and staff to operate the Center.
What We Offer
The Tsongas Industrial History Center offers unique education programs that incorporate hands-on activities and the authentic resources of Lowell National Historical Park. Students and faculty alike learn through engaging in activities such as hand weaving, working on a simulated assembly line, “becoming” Lowell’s immigrants, using the engineering design process, experimenting with water power, and examining Merrimack River water (sometimes using a Park boat) to study the environmental impacts of industrialization. UMass Lowell students engage with the TIHC through co-ops and service-learning internships as part of their coursework, and faculty partner with TIHC staff on research grants in a wide variety of disciplines.